Arsenal fans all want Mertesacker to start instead of Mustafi against Brighton

Arsenal will look to recover from successive 3-0 defeats against Manchester City in the League Cup final and the Premier League when they face Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium on Sunday, and Gunners fans all want Per Mertesacker to start ahead of Shkodran Mustafi at the back.

The north London outfit’s defeat against City at the Emirates Stadium on Thursday, combined with wins for Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool on Saturday, mean that they now lie 13 points from the Champions League qualification spots with just 10 matches remaining.

Mustafi has started 19 of those 28 matches after missing seven through injury earlier in the campaign, but after two disappointing performances against Pep Guardiola’s men the Emirates Stadium faithful are keen to see him replaced by Mertesacker, even though he has only played 82 minutes of top flight football since October.

Arsenal supporters were quick to have their say on the duo via social media, and while one said “he should start ahead of Mustafi imo”, another said “Kos and Per should start the next match”.

Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…

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